|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT
|Contact: John M. Clymer
What Do Value & Access Really Mean?
New report documents changes in stakeholder perspectives and
what the terms mean in 2020
Washington, D.C. – The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention (National Forum) today issued a report that reveals that how you define value, and how easily you think people should be able to access healthcare depends on what type of healthcare stakeholder you are. What Do Value and Access Really Mean? reports on differences in how the “6 Ps”—patients, providers, payers, purchasers, public health, and pharma/biotech—view these issues. It also finds an area of common ground that may enable stakeholders to work together to solve ever-rising healthcare costs and clashes over cost-containment measures.
The report documents changes in stakeholders’ views over the last 3 years and a shift from opposition to collaboration on certain issues related to healthcare access and affordability.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn added attention to barriers to people’s access to appropriate healthcare. It has made solving them more urgent. Differences in how stakeholders think about the issues are major obstacles to solving them, said John M. Clymer, Executive Director of the National Forum.
The National Forum issued an earlier version of the report in 2016, then launched the Value & Access Steering Committee comprised of decision-makers representing the 6 Ps. The committee used the 2016 report to understand other stakeholders, change the environment surrounding healthcare value and access issues, and form collaborations across the sectors.
“While stakeholder perceptions continue to differ, they now all share the goal of improving access to high-value treatments for patients who need them,” Clymer said. “It’s important to know that despite differences, we can find common ground and work towards improving patient access.”
The new report, including interviews and a literature review, reveals how perspectives of value and access have evolved and what the terms mean to the 6 Ps today. Read the report.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention brings together the most dynamic and diverse organizations united by a goal to eliminate cardiovascular health disparities and achieve health equity. Its members represent more than 100 public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations. The National Forum is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3), voluntary health organization. To learn more, visit www.nationalforum.org.